“Both AAP and Congress are spreading wrong propaganda against the alliance. The six months ahead are very challenging for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance in the state. We all need to work hard to return to power yet again,” Jaitley said.
The minister, who was in the city to address the ‘Vikas Parv Rally’ to mark two years of NDA government, said development work carried out by the state government during the nine years will be highlighted.
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“Lakhs of pamphlets need to be printed highlighting the development works. And they need to be distributed to each and every voter in Punjab so that we can cut down the wrong propaganda of rivals AAP and Congress,” he said.
Jaitley took a dig at Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh over his family’s alleged foreign accounts.
“I recall when there was Congress government in Punjab in 2002 led by Amarinder Singh, he used to cook up stories about the Badal family, claiming they have land in Australia, petrol pump in America, besides levelling other charges. He failed to prove the allegations which he levelled, but we have found accounts of Capt Sahib’s family,” Jaitley said. “The information about (bank) accounts in Switzerland was given to the Indian government by French authorities in 2011 when UPA was in power.”
He accused the previous Congress-led UPA government of going soft in the alleged case involving the former Punjab chief minister’s family.
“When they learnt that this information can hurt the Congress, the previous government went slow on the issue, even though they wrote one or two letters. But we have procured all the documents pertaining to the incomplete file,” he said.
Hitting out at AAP, Jaitley said people in Delhi are “repenting” voting it to power in the capital. “AAP is busy accusing the Centre instead of working for the development of Delhi. It is easy to run a government in Delhi as Centre invests a lot for development purposes. Even if the state government works 5 per cent, Delhi will run on its own. But AAP does not even do that. Their party chief comes up with one or other issue targeting the Centre . We have to save Punjab from such kind of politics,” he stressed.
[With inputs from PTI]